tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN September 6, 2016 2:00am-4:01am EDT
[applause] gary johnson: i would like to think it is based on what i am saying, which is let's have judicious use of our military. if we are attacked, we are going to attack back. we should have an invincible national defense. we should demonstrate military superiority, but when we involve ourselves in regime change, it results in a less safe world. and in my lifetime, i cannot think of one instance where we inject ourselves in a civil war and it turns out for the better. we have a regime change in iraq. we wipe out al qaeda, saddam hussein. now we have a void that was created, and as of two years ago, we had never heard of isis. but along comes isis to fill that void. and they exist in libya and syria. and this is not intentional, but this is hillary clinton and barack obama. they supported regime change in
both of those countries -- syria, libya. they went in and supported the opposition in both of those countries. well, the opposition, although not directly allied with isis, both isis and the opposition were against the existing regimes. we armed the opposition to the teeth. the opposition got beaten and all the arms ended up in isis's hands. this is what we're dealing with right now. the biggest threat in the world right now is north korea and the fact that at some point these intercontinental ballistic missiles are going to work. we have 40,000 troops in south korea. imagine if there were 40,000 chinese troops in central america. if you're thinking, we have 40,000 troops in south korea because we want to protect
against invasion from north korea, there is zero chance of south korea getting conventionally invaded by north korea. they have their own forces to withstand that and it's a no contest. if you are talking about them lobbying nuclear weapons over the border, we have got them covered with our nuclear umbrella, but that is the threat. and that is a very real threat. do we really want to go to nuclear war with north korea? so, the way that we deal with this is to join hands with china diplomatically, because they understand the threat that this poses. in syria, the solution to syria, the solution to the syrian civil war is joining with russia diplomatically to bring an end to that. has life ever been better in this country? ever? i mean, we get along with one another better. we communicate better with one another. our kids are smarter than ever. we've got issues, but we have got unbelievable opportunity.
and we are citizens of the greatest country on the earth. and, yeah, we've got issues, but we're going to deal with these issues, and the future looks unbelievably promising. [cheers and applause] gary johnson: as president of the united states, i'm also promising you that i'm going to be the most frugal president that has ever occupied space of anyone you have seen. [cheers and applause] gary johnson: you have got to lead by example and the fact that the president of the united states spends tens of millions of dollars to go down to walgreens because of the security involved in doing that, goes into large cities and and snarls traffic everywhere that he goes, she may go, that is
something that i think needs to come to an end. bill weld and myself are promising to be very, very good stewards of this office and that starts with setting an example for spending and the role that the government should play. [cheers and applause] gary johnson: there is no chance, no chance that i have, bill weld has of getting elected president or vice president without being in the presidential debates. and the presidential debate commission has said that you have to be at 15% in the polls to be in the presidential debate. i have no issue with the 15% either, but here's the issue. there is not one single poll being conducted today where my name is in the top line -- not one. my name is in 50% of the polls and it is the third or fourth question down.
and then 99% of the media just reports the top line so that about 70% of america only thinks -- doesn't even know that i exist. and by "i exist," we are the only third-party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. [cheers and applause] gary johnson: so, i want to ask all of you a favor and that is to push out what it is that we do from a social media standpoint. we had a rally in vermont. we had a rally last night in milwaukee. there was a turnout that was just terrific. as terrific as right here, right now, thank you very much. but within -- from the time that rally ended until now, there
have been more than 3 million people that have viewed that rally on social media. [applause] gary johnson: so, this is very, very real. this is very, very real. the possibility exists to run the table on this election. for all the right reasons, you have to hear it all the time. you're going to waste your vote. the comeback immediately is wasting your vote is voting for somebody you don't believe in. that is wasting your vote. [cheers and applause] gary johnson: so to each and everyone of you, you rock. i can't believe that you are here on a saturday afternoon, but you are here. thank you very, very much. let's make a difference in this election. let's make a difference in this election. thank you. thank you.
that. we really need to know more. gary johnson: let's do it. [indiscernible] gary johnson: how did the two of you get roped into doing this? [indiscernible] gary johnson: yeah. great. thank you. let's do it. let's do it. thank you. thank you so much for being here. thank you. >> can i ask while you're here, you have extensive background as
governor. do you have any other experience? gary johnson: i grew a business to 1,000 employees. and i did climb the highest mountain on seven continents. does that count for anything? you be the judge. thank you. thank you. thank you so much for being here. thank you. thank you so much. >> governor, i'm a big fan of your open door policy. i was a big bernie fan. he was honest. you come across as honest. but it's hard when you're so for
the tpp. about crony capitalism. how can you be for something that is written by corporate lawyers [indiscernible] so, myhnson: understanding -- cato institute. i'm not doing this in a void. all the guys, all of them say that tpp is an improvement, a big improvement, that it reduces hundreds of tariffs. >> but how can we trust something -- obviously corporate lawyers don't have our country's best interest at heart. their whole thing is all or nothing. you have president obama wants to fast-track it. gary johnson: believe me, the rub as far as i can see is wrong, that it does dramatically improve trade and ultimately it is more [indiscernible] >> i'm all for free trade.
i agree with you 100% on that. [indiscernible] gary johnson: protecting intellectual property? i mean, that's a big component of it all. >> i agree with that. when you're talking about, ok, keystone xl. [indiscernible] it will be taken up in our court system. it will be on an international board of lawyers, essentially. gary johnson: it ultimately protects u.s. interests. this is the overwhelming consensus of free market guys. >> i can't understand how they could do something and not let us know what it is. just like everything else. you are talking about something that has 19 chapters. only six chapters talk about trade.
it talks about internet restrictions, pharmaceutical prices. they are bundling all of this. it is supposed to be a trade agreement. then they are like, "no amendments can be made." gary johnson: [indiscernible] >> i don't mean to take up all your time. good luck with everything. gary johnson: thank you. >> i got those responses out of the debate commission four years ago. [indiscernible] gary johnson: thank you. >> i'm 11. i'm, like, the biggest gary johnson supporter. i just want to say that me and my friends, specifically, we are big into pop-culture, and we believe that you are going to be the best. gary johnson: you are the best. tell me your name. >> [indiscernible] gary johnson: let's take a picture. thank you. thank you.
>> you are the only one who understands the constitution in this race. gary johnson: thank you very much. very flattering. >> [indiscernible] >> you are ok in our book, governor. gary johnson: there you go. >> thank you for all you do. gary johnson: yeah, yeah. let's do it. thank you. thank you so much for being here. thanks. let's do it. l right, great. hey, good job. >> it's a dream of mine to shake up president's hand. gary johnson: thank you so much for being here. really appreciate you being here. >> can i get a picture? gary johnson: yeah, let's do it. i don't want to be [indiscernible] [laughter]
gary johnson: thank you. thank you. yeah, let's do it. >> thank you, sir. gary johnson: thank you. >> it's an honor. gary johnson: oh, my gosh. thank you for being here. oh, man, thank you! thanks for being here. thank you. thank you for being here. really, thank you for being here. yeah, let's do it. great. thank you. thank you so much for being here. >> gary, this is my first time voting, and i just registered libertarian this year. when you sign my card? -- would you sign my card? anywhere. gary johnson: [indiscernible] >> let's ask to borrow his
marker. >> glad to be here. >> it's about marker. -- a bad marker. should probably have a better one. good luck. gary johnson: thank you. >> there you go. >> can i sneak in a picture? gary johnson: yeah, yeah, do it. >> thanks for coming out. gary johnson: thank you so much for being here. >> i'm a pharmacy student. i was wondering if you have any opinion on pharmacists getting - practitioner or subscribing status. gary johnson: there is an example of, doesn't that make sense? >> i feel it does. my colleagues do. oftakes so much pressure off the medical staff. gary johnson: and you understand the drugs.
you understand what they do. -- indemnification legislation that passes that indemnifies somebody, meaning but,elf, from doing that, as a consumer, i make that choice and i save a whole lot of money. >> and pharmacists are being trained. they are so far above what we are allowed to do. gary johnson: great example of just what i'm talking about. a genuine free-market approach, more competition. that would be just a logical -- >> i know for the last several years, it has been trying to be passed. it has not gone through. it keeps getting stopped and keeps getting stopped. gary johnson: and i know all the reasons why it keeps getting stopped. i saw that firsthand. >> and i know that the doctors, they're so overburdened as it is. gary johnson: we are on the same
page. we are on the same page. >> it would take so much pressure off the doctors and the overburdened. gary johnson: yeah, yeah. there you are. yeah. >> [indiscernible] i wish you well. gary johnson: oh, thank you. >> [indiscernible] we don't know when we will see you the next time. and then i also have a couple others. i don't know if you have time. the blue one, the orange one. this will do ok, it. thank you. >> thank you so much. gary johnson: yeah, you're so
welcome. >> thank you so much. gary johnson: thank you. good seeing you again. >> [indiscernible] >> i was going to ask you, i remember you talking on some cable show about how many times you vetoed a tax increase. 400 and some? gary johnson: 750. >> i knew it was some astronomical amount. >> when did you start your campaign? gary johnson: this year. >> like, what month? was it kind of -- gary johnson: april. thank you so much. gary johnson: thank you. thank you so much. >> governor. [indiscernible] >> you presented the most cogent
policies. gary johnson: you've made my afternoon. thank you. thank you for that. >> absolutely. gary johnson: thank you. >> thank you. would you sign this? do you happen to have a pen? excuse me, ma'am, could i get that pen from you for a few seconds? thank you so much. i look forward to you as my commander-in-chief. this is, like, number 14. >> i know. thank you so much. >> where are you going after this, governor? gary johnson: back to new mexico. >> today is the iowa hawkeyes [indiscernible] gary johnson: i know. >> everybody is there. gary johnson: great, thank you. >> [indiscernible] this will go on my page. gary johnson: we are on each
other's coattails. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. >> can i ask you a question? if you do make it to being president of the united states, would [indiscernible] gary johnson: here is the criteria that i think -- by the way, the president is not deciding this. this is the republicans and democrats. but the rule change should be anybody who can get -- who could mathematically get 270 electoral votes should, at a minimum, be in the poll. in 2012, that would have included the green party and the libertarian party. right now, it would also include the green party and the libertarian party as being capable of actually being able to be elected. >> do you think you -- that libertarians might be able to be involved in that? gary johnson: yeah. it's what's fair. so hard to get on the ballot in all 50 states. it's really like impossible.
>> that's good. gary johnson: thank you very much. >> [indiscernible] gary johnson: great. let's do it. want us to take it for you? gary johnson: perfect. >> great, thank you. gary johnson: it looks good. congratulations [indiscernible] gary johnson: thank you. [indiscernible] gary johnson: there we go. thank you. yeah. >> i work with people who are getting out of incarceration. most of them committed crimes
under the influence. so, legalizing drugs, to me, makes that scary. gary johnson: well, legalizing marijuana. that's the only drug i'm advocating legalizing. >> i feel a little better about that. more like more drunk drivers on the road. gary johnson: that's where government has a role, to keep those who are -- off the road. a big component of legalizing pot is also establishing impairment, something that hasn't been done. >> and immigrants coming over the borders -- my experience is they spend all their money at home. we pay for their school lunches. they earn money and they send it home out of the country. gary johnson: but it's them spending u.s. dollars. it's an overwhelming positive to our economy to have them here, taking jobs that we don't want, buying homes, and taking -- buying food, buying cars. i mean, they are an integral
part of the economy here. i am. trust me. i'm a former governor of new mexico. listen to me, iowa -- where is i went? -- is iowa? new mexico. gee. i don't know. trust me on this one. this one is a political boogeyman. this does not exist. >> [inaudible] gary johnson: thank you. great. thank you very much. good to meet you. >> i know your time [indiscernible] gary johnson: you look good, man. >> thank you. you know what, you are the [indiscernible] gary johnson: i like it. i will still be around. >> [indiscernible] gary johnson: thank you very
much. [indiscernible] >> right over here. gary johnson: here we go. man, you are cute. your mom must be beautiful. >> she really is. we are very lucky. could i get you to sign a couple things? eightball here. [indiscernible] gary johnson: thank you very much. you. >> [indiscernible] gary johnson: you've got your hands full. anyway, thank you for being here. i really appreciate you being here. >> no problem. this is the first time i really heard much about you. gary johnson: thank you.
there you go. thank you, thank you. >> [indiscernible] gary johnson: all right. >> in gary we believe. gary johnson: hey, you guys are going to do this someday, and he will do a much better job of it -- and you will do a much better job of it. thank you. let's do it. al ri -- all right. >> [indiscernible] and i speak with you broke with -- can i speak with you real quick? gary johnson: absolutely. >> [indiscernible] gary johnson: there we go. thank you. >> i have been getting pictures of all the candidates this week. gary johnson: [indiscernible]
all right. great. thank you. i will see if i can't make arrangements to have you come to my work. i will see what i can do. thank you. i like what i heard. >> it's great to be shaking hands with the next president of the united states. think positive. gary johnson: oh yeah -- oh, yeah. you know, you've gotten a few of these signatures. nk.'ve got, like, 12, i thi >> [indiscernible] thank you so much for being here. how did you get roped into this? >> [indiscernible] gary johnson: well, i appreciate it. and thank you for being here. there you go. a lifelong iowan. i really appreciate it. thank you very much. >> thank you for coming to iowa.
i like this shirt, thank you. you rock. >> very cool, thank you. >> thanks. >> thank you, thank you. i cannot thank you enough. >> a sunday i walked around do puke and talk to 400 people. walkedthem knew who -- i around to butte, iowa, in talked to 400 people. they all knew who you were. >> thank you. >> yes, thank you. >> l richardson. >> i work here. bill richardson.
i wish you the best. 22 years in the army. >> thank you. >> when we have a secretary of myte who -- it just blows mind. she can be so arrogant. >> the list goes on the and on and on. thank you. >> gary, this is a new york yankee. we are not through yet. >> here you go. >> this is awesome. >> i have a small podcast of questions i want to ask. what do i talk to about getting an interview? >> media.
thank you. hello, governor. >> and there you go. >> there you go. >> thank you. gary johnson: we're going to look up in a second. >> thank you. thank you, gary. thank you. >> in gary, can i get a picture really quick? >> one-to-three. >> here we go. >> thank you. >> may i get one? >> me in my brother? -- and my brother? your johnson: good job. >> thank you. -- gary johnson: good job.
>> look at me and smile. >> thank you, sir. thank you. announcer: congress returns tuesday from a seven-week summer break and has until september 30, the and of the fiscal year to avoid a government shutdown. members start the work working the bill that will allow library of congress to collect video in audio recordings for historical purposes. restore laws for victims of sexual assault. then, military construction and v.a. programs on the agenda along with zika prevention. live coverage of the house, the senate on c-span2. a religious leaders will hold
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whatld say this is democracy looks like and that is what democracy sounds like. the point of a revolution if we cannot dance to it? so, it is so beautiful. it is so wonderful. i cannot tell you how exciting it is to be here in detroit and in michigan, the center of the struggle. the center of the fight back where you are making history. what is happening in detroit is what is coming to all of america. what is so amazing about detroit is that you are on the front line but you refuse to fall in line. [applause]
dr. stein: and you are standing up. you are standing up for our right to clean water, clean water for everyone as a human right. up for us forng the right to a school system which provides high quality public education for every child in every community. you are standing up for our right to a food system which is healthy for workers and for people and planet. people and pl. you are saying no to food deserts, you are saying no to an industrial food system that is poisoning our workers come our families, communities and our
planet. no to thee saying takeover of our democracy to the fiscal control boards that are driving our schools and communities into the ground. thank you for leading the charge for real democracy. [applause] and you are saying no to the system of political prisoners that has imprisoned real heroes of democracy like reverend pinckney. [applause] you are standing up for us all. emergency a state of and a nation that is in a state of emergency. they tell us that we are in a
recovery. but we know better. officegressional budget just came out with a report the other day and what they said was that the top 10%, the richest 75% of the wealth in this country. what that leads is absolutely staggering when you look at what is left to the lower lower 50 -- lower 50%. one out of every two people. 50% have less than 1% of the wealth and resources. this is economic disparity on steroids. this cannot be allowed. economy of athis predatory economy.
in a predatory distribution of wealth. to a military system which is taking up more than 50% of our discretionary budget. it is not making us safer. it is making us less safe. $6fact, it has cost us trillion by the time we pay for the ongoing health care cost, for our wounded soldiers, for whom we must do much more who should never be put in harms way to start with. [applause] but the bottom line is for two wars alone, that is afghanistan and iraq, paying the cost of
those two wars alone will cost us $6 trillion before we are done. you know what that means for every household in america? that is $50,000 that you will have put into these wars. this is almost half of our income taxes that goes to pay for the cost of this massive military budget. what do we have to show for it? failed states. mass refugee migrations which are tearing apart the middle east and western europe and worst terrorist threats. it is not getting better. it is getting bigger and more dangerous. these wars on terror are only creating more terror. they are making us and corrupt in addition.
need and we cannot allow for our budget to be providing approximately 1000 bases come i say approximately because, who is counting, a thousand bases in something like 100 countries around the world. no country in history has ever done this. this is what is called a dying empire. when you add up all the bases, all the foreign bases of all other countries around the world, do you know what it comes to? about 30. all of the other countries have 30 and we have 1000. there is something wrong with this picture. this is unjust. this is unsustainable. this is on acceptable. unacceptable. [applause]
news, and there is lots of good news. let me stress, in the same way that detroit is fighting back, we must all fight back. i just want to give a shout out, there are so many detroit and michigan who are fighting back. whichaying no to fracking has just appeared to have caused another major earthquake in oklahoma. more power to michigan for standing up to try to outlaw this outrageous, dangerous and toxic practice. thatct, we will build on if we have the honor of turning the white house into a greenhouse. [applause] ban on day one, we will
seek to put an immediate halt on all new fossil fuel infrastructure starting on day one. [applause] if the epa was actually empowered to protect the environment and protect our lives that depend on it, there would be no additional fossil fuel facilities established in the united states of america. period. [applause] applaud the referendum to ban fracking here in michigan. i also applaud the teachers, the valiant teachers who led the way to stand up that got rid of the head of the school control board
and showed them who is in charge here. i applaud you for that struggle. to dignify our teachers who support their union, to dignify our students in communities for whom it is an absolute outrage and human rights violation that they are going to these decaying mold,s with rodents, lacking heat, this is unacceptable and a human rights violation. every school needs to be a good, excellent quality school for all children. [applause] by the way, we are not asking for anything more than what the heads of the so-called education reform, the arne duncan's, rahm
emanuel, what do they provide for their children? it is not schools with high stakes testing. it is schools that teach to the whole student for lifetime learning with music, art, engagement community and small classroom sizes. [applause] by the way, if we want to truly educate our children, it is not rocket science how to do that. it means small classroom size and it means bringing kids to school who are ready to learn which means not uplifted by poverty. the greatest obstacle to education that there is. [applause] i applaud detroit for leading the way.
and about the good news, this good news is also the local food economy that has been created by detroit. rediscovered food sovereignty and healthy and sustainable local food production. nation.a model for the thank you, detroit. [applause] the good news that you are creating in detroit is the good news that we must bring to america. in fact, this is a democracy. we are not limited to just two deadly choices. [applause] jill not hill! jill not hill!
let me add to that. we are also the alternative that many trump supporters are actually looking for because many of trump supporters are not motivated by supporting donald trump, they are motivated by being terrified of hillary clinton. wayeed to give them another to oppose hillary clinton. let me go through some of the good news because we are told to think that the problems we have are absolutely unsolvable, they are inevitable, resistance is futile. we should just go home and lie down on the railroad tracks. we have news for them. in the words of alice walker, the biggest way people give up our is by not knowing we have it to start with.
is by not knowing we have a to start with. [applause] we intend to use it. part of using that power is by debunking and opposing this nonsense that tells us that these problems are unsolvable. they say that we have to choose between a job or a climate. between an economy foreign environment. environment.r an fact, we cannot have one without the other. they only come together. [applause] that is why we are supporting as the major plank in our platform a green new deal. in emergency jobs program. -- an emergency jobs program. [applause] create 20 million jobs
that not only revive the economy, but they also hold this crisis of climate change. we know about this crisis. every month there is a new world record for the warmest month of that name. we had just seen the fires up and down the west coast displacing a hundred thousand people. we have seen the floods in louisiana. the recent science, the cutting edge climate science is telling us that we don't have time to fiddle around. we need to get down to work. [applause] clear, what the sign says, this is described by a senior scientist from the national oceanic and atmospheric administration who was speaking in front of an insurance agency
conference a couple months ago. she described what she called and oh my god report. has not yete media covered it. they will soon be coming out with the written report on this. findys that if we do not -- fundamentally do a 180 on our energy policy, we are looking at as much as nine feet of sea 2050.rise as soon as hit that is not a civilization can sustain. it is every population center on the coast around the world. this is not something we have to try to deal with. 16luding somewhere around nuclear power plant at sea level here in the united states alone, which will all go fukushima.
we cannot afford that. ups is why we must stand like our lives depend on it. stand up for a green new deal double zero out fossil fuels by 2030. [applause] in doing so, we create the jobs that are not just good for the economy, not just good for the planet, they are especially good for workers. when a worker walks into a fossil fuel job now, their risk 700%ing on the job goes up just for walking into the door. sitea refinery or a frack or into one of the trucks that is driving this toxic and
explosive stuff around. they are not protected. the drivers are not protected by drivers and other industries. it is outrageous. how are workers have been on the front lines of this crisis. when i have got to talk to them, when i have got to support their picket lines when they are striking for safer working conditions and health benefits, what i hear from them as they can't wait for a green new deal. when they ask a have a chance to hear about it, they are ready for it. [applause] and we say to the workers, not only in puzzled fuel industry but also the war industry, we say to you, we promise and guarantee a just transition. you will not be displaced.
you will not be put out of a job. you will not be put out of benefits. jobwill move to a better and a healthier job which is good for all of us. for workers and the community. the good news about the green new deal, we will create 20 million jobs. how will we do it? like we already did it. in the new deal, this is not rocket science, we can do this. we will provide grants and incentives, particularly to small businesses through worker cooperatives to nonprofits to start up a small businesses we need to transform our energy supply to insulate and weatherize our buildings to create the efficiency devices we moved intoitor -- this new economy. we will create the factors. this is the anti-nafta program.
[applause] this is the anti-tpp program. this is about bringing back the jobs that we need right here and elevating our wages and adopting a minimum living wage of $15 an hour for starters. we are talking about the human right to a job for everyone who is ready and willing to work. you have a job in the new green deal. [applause] we will revive the economy. we will turn the tide on climate we moved toecause
100% clean renewable energy and haveite supply, we will -- made wars for oil obsolete. [applause] another piece of good news, you may remember one of the founders of the neoconservative war hawk ideology, a guy named big new neoconki, founder of the vision that america would take over the middle east and take over asia. what, he hasguess changed his mind. he retract his proposal. he says it is time to join the community of nations and replace
domination with cooperation and collaboration. [applause] somehow, the other neocons have not heard about this yet. that is why we must be in the presidential debate. [applause] we must be there to challenge this propaganda that tries to justify these catastrophic regime changes. the only way to have a prayer of pushing forward with this outrageous failed policy is that they silenced the truth and silence the opposition. that is why we are going to put our bodies on the line for democracy and for open debate. [applause]
in this election, we are not just deciding what kind of world we will be, but whether we will have a world or not going forward. on climate change, whether we will declare a climate emergency and create a green new deal to create a war time scale mobilization. if we thought pearl harbor was a national emergency, how about losing all of our harbors? that is what we are looking at. [applause] debate, yout in the will not have anyone to tell the truth about these outrageous wars. why we need to cut the military in half, it's dangerous. but those dollars into true security here at home. with our schools, our health
care, our hospitals. [applause] our lives are also on the line on nuclear weapons. hillary clinton, it is not just donald trump. we should have a lot of trouble sleeping it donald trump gets elected. but we should also have a lot of trouble sleeping it hillary clinton gets elected. [applause] what donald trump says is absolutely despicable. but hillary clinton's record is no better. [applause] blunt andmp is very says things in an extremely horrifying way but i have to say, hillary clinton's track record, although she speaks nicer, when you look at what she has done is absolutely
terrifying. the war in libya should not be the prototype of our foreign policy. [applause] and hillary wants to start an air war over syria. that is what a no-fly zone is. weapons on0 nuclear hairtrigger alert. means begin toy think that there will not be reason for those hairtrigger's to get triggered if we are at war with russia in the skies of syria. we cannot go down that dark alley. we cannot do that. we need a new way forward. a new kind of offensive. it is called the peace offensive in the middle east.
[applause] it starts with a weapons embargo . fortunately, since we are providing the vast majority of weapons to the middle east, including over $100 billion worth of weapons to saudi arabia who can do whatever they like with them, saudi arabia who hillary clinton herself named as the main sponsor of sunni shiite terrorism.- jihad this is a leaked memo from hillary state department saudisy our allies, the as the leading sponsor of jihadi terrorism around the world. we say that gives us enormous power since we are arming terrorism.
we are funding terrorism. we and our allies helped found terrorism if you ask a go back to afghanistan -- actually go back to afghanistan. this is terrorism that has come back to bite us with a vengeance. we cannot simultaneously fund terrorism -- we cannot simultaneously fight terrorism while we are funding terrorism, arming terrorism, and training terrorism with our allies. [applause] we got this mess started. we can shut it down with a weapons embargo, a freeze on the bank accounts of those countries that continue to fund terrorist enterprises. we can persuade our allies in turkey, he persuaded turkey to
close its border to the movement refugees. if they could close the border to desperate refugees, it is time to close the border to the movement of jihad militias. [applause] power to shut down this insane more. who is this for benefiting? the war of the last 15 years. who is benefiting from this. one entity, the war profiteers. they are benefiting from this insane war. it is the war profiteers and the neocons the democratic and republican party who are pushing now to demonize russia and china. to justify their big war budget. systemeir f 35 weapon
which is obsolete before it gets off the production line. we do not need this bloated military budget. we do not need a foreign policy based on military and economic domination. onneed a foreign policy international law, human rights and diplomacy. that is the way forward. [applause] way, thates, by the applies across the board. we must not be in the business of funding or arming our allies who are systematically in massively violating human rights and international law. we need to say- this with all humility, because we ourselves are guilty as anyone. let's be clear about that. we need to say to our partners,
including the netanyahu government and israel, including the saudis, each of them are basically war criminals and are violating international law and human rights systematically and so many ways. it is time to stop funding and arming the violation of human rights. [applause] what this means is we have lots of resources as we cut this dangerous military budget, we have resources to put back into what we need at home. this is one of the ways we pay for the green new deal. there is another way that the green new deal pays for itself. this is another good news stories. that is the fact that as we zero out pollution, we get so much
healthier so quickly that the savings in health care, it is really sick care, the savings are enough to pay the cost of a green energy transition all on itself. this is a win-win-win. it, it is also time to create health care as a human right for every american under medicare for all. [applause] it is unacceptable, unacceptable and outrageous and immoral. one out of every three americans is denied health care, even if they have obamacare. they cannot afford to use it. for theboondoggle
insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. for them to be able to chars $400 for a life-saving epipen that contains one dollar worth of medication is absolutely unacceptable and we will not allow it. [applause] this is how medicare for all also pays for itself. it is not like we have to come up with a whole lot of new money. all we have to do is redirect that money from bureaucracies, from waste, from paper pushing, from exorbitant ceo profits and put dollars into real health care to cover everyone. cradle-to-grave, everybody and. pharmaceuticals, hearing
aid, insulin pump, the whole nine yards can be included once we begin to have a health care system that is run for people, not for profit. [applause] mentionsof other quick because i know we are getting to -- end of our time, [applause] rights, let's be clear. welcoming path tickets and ship -- citizenship. a path that celebrates the immigrants who have always been at the core of our economies and our communities. let's be clear that the most
powerful thing we can do to fix the immigration crisis is to stop causing it in the first place. [applause] means no more nafta. nafta displaced millions of farmers, sent them over the border in order to feed their families. these are economic refugees. it means ending the drug wars which will be good for us and good on the other side of the border. problemso treat drug as health problems, not criminal problems. [applause] 100,000 lives lost in mexico alone over the last 5-7
years from these drug wars. wars time to end the drug for once and for all. pardon all of those who have been wrongly substance.d for a i can tell you with the authority of a medical doctor that marijuana is a substance which is dangerous because it is illegal. [applause] it is far less dangerous than alcohol and nicotine. let's send home from jail all of those who should not have been put there in the first place. [applause]
not only send them home, but send them home with job training and a real job at a 15 an hour and wage. that is part of the green new deal. everyone gets a job. let me also say about this crisis of violence that afflicts us, we are a garrison state. everyone, not everyone, but way too many people feel like they need to have a gun in order to be safe. we say, it is time to declare a a truthd this time for and reconciliation commission to get down to the bottom of this climate of hate, fear, and racism. a truthehind us with
and reconciliation commission because even though we got the emancipation proclamation, it did not end there. solution --'s criminal institution of slavery was followed by flinching and jim crow and the redlining of segregation and the drug wars in mass incarceration and police violence. this is not new. [applause] new on the video cameras that are documenting it and also this broken windows policy and the militarization of our police which must also be brought to an end now. [applause]
the black lives matter campaign. we support, unlike the democrats who you may have heard recently, the leaked e-mails saying, just cut them on the head and send them on their way. they couldn't be more wrong. this is another reason why we have to vote them out. the lesser evil is part of our race to the bottom. donald trump is terrible. on immigration, criticism, islamophobia, but we say, deporting immigrants is not worse than bombing muslims around the world. that is not ok. [applause]
it is not ok to deport muslims and not ok to bomb their countries. likewise, the immigration policies that donald once to resurrect are part of what has 10-15round for the last years. these are not new. this is what was created by the democratic and republican parties. while the republicans are the party of hate and fear. the republicans -- democrats are the party of deportation, detention and night raids. more than all other presidents in the 20th century. propaganda, this propaganda that tells you things will be fine with the lesser evil, what are they doing to promote hillary? they are not talking about her, they're talking about how
terrible donald trump is. that does not do it. democracy needs a vision. democracy needs a moral compass. democracy needs us to lead the way. we are the ones we have been waiting for. [applause] said,rederick douglass power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and it never will. we must be that demand. it will not come from a lesser evil politician. by the way, what is lifting up this right-wing extremism from what?donald trump gets the support --from which donald trump gets his support? globalhe crisis of corporate trade deals. it gives the power to the global
economic elites and forces workers into this race to the bottom across borders against each other. where did these policies come from? i think it was bill clinton. the support of hillary that gave us nafta, that gave us wall , that deregulation brought the crash of our economy down on our head. unfortunately, the democrats are not the solution to donald trump , they are part of the problem that has given us donald trump. putting another clinton into the white house is not the solution. [applause] that goes foring me once, shame on you, full me twice, shame on me.
let's not be full. let's not let our friends and fooled. be full -- but thou get -- let's get out there and talk to them. just a you know the strength of your numbers, one point, we are coming up in the poll. even though the poll -- are made of -- mainly expected voters. predicted budget. empowering allt of america, disenfranchised voters, comebacks and come out. this is half of the potential american vote that we can bring out for the first time. the numbers, do not before by them. remember, we are coming up in the polls despite the fact that there is a media blackout. donald trump has had $4 billion
worth of free media. heller clinton has had $2 billion. .e have had essentially zip but we are coming up. we're coming up i word-of-mouth, by way of what we do, how we mobilize each other. i don't know how many of you saw the cnn townhall meeting that we were a part of and were able to do. minutesasically 90 solid of what you cannot say on prime time tv. we said it and people loved it. they heard what they are dying to hear. we were trending number one on twitter. who would say the american public is not ready for truth and justice? they are ready for truth and justice. we are ready for truth and justice.
one last thing i want to leave , there are 43 million young people and not so young people who are trapped in predatory student loan debt with no way out, without the jobs to pay. this was a predatory agreement. the contract already got torn up by wall street when they crashed the economy. the jobs are not there. was tornf the contract up by wall street, then it should be torn up for the young people who are the victims of wall street. [laughter] -- [applause] our leaders could find in their heart to bail out the
crooks who crashed the economy with their waste, fraud, and abuse on wall street, we can and we will bail out a young generation, the victims of wall street who need to be liberated. to lead our way forward. social transformation, the hard work of transforming society has always been led by the melania -- millennial generation. the civil rights or black lives matter or immigrants rights movement or the climate justice movement, it is all been led by the millennials even though they have two hands tied behind their back right now. we need to liberate them. lead the way forward for all of us. future,conomy of the
for the climate of the future, for the justice of the future. we need the millennials to lead the way forward. in america and a world that works for all of us. we have the numbers. people, here'sg the secret, or to 3 million is enough to win a three-way presidential race. -- 43 million is enough to win a three-way presidential race. to be satisfied or split the vote, we can flip the vote. empower young people to come out and take over the selection and when it. cancel student debt to make
higher education free in our public institution. to create health care is a human right, to create a welcoming path to citizenship, to end the police by lawrence -- violence and institutional racism. deal tote a green new end the crisis of our economy and our climate. [applause] we can do this. we have the power. we have the solutions. this is not rocket science. this has taken the best of what is already working out there. we have the numbers to win the day. america and aan world that works for all of us,
that puts people, planet, and peace over profit. ---- the power to create that hope,is not in our heart hands. it is in our thank you so much for making this special. together, we are unstoppable. ♪ [applause] ♪ journal'ss washington live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning, senate staff writer for rollcall and discusson post reporter
issues. it and a correspondent for the national dorner hotline will talk about the latest senateions for the key races. she will discuss how the trumpet and clinton candidacy could affect down-ballot races in it november. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal coming up and 7:00 a.m. this morning. join the discussion. >> congress returns today from a seven-week break and has until september 30 two extend current spendings to avoid a government shutdown. in the house at 2:00 p.m. eastern, they start working on a bill that would allow the library of congress to collect audio and video. another would establish rights for victims of federal -- sexual assault in federal cases.
then, v.a. programs in zika on the on the agenda senate on c-span2. >> religious leaders will hold a press conference today in washington, d.c., to kick off a national tour on faith and morality in politics. watch it live it 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span2. >> our guest on c-span awsmakers this week is republican from louisiana, joining us from baton rouge where he has had a personal view of the impact of the recent flooding on his state. he is also a medical doctor, very involved in the affordable care act and how it should be configured going forward. we are pleased to have him as our guest. let me introduce our to reporters. and the washington
bureau chief for buzzfeed, we should tell our viewers he was louisiana. senator, a brief description from you since your been there, and you give us an update on the situation on the ground for andl residents in remediation efforts? >> you cannot imagine the devastation unless you have been here. unless you have grappled with that in your community. 90%, inundated. tax base, inundated. areas, trying to rebuild. getting anger and frustration when there uncertainty as to regulations going forward. we are a resilient people. folks from around the country have come to help it we are at a time when we need extra clarity and assistance for people to
finish rebuilding. down and met with the residents and officials and talked to them. they seem like they have good spirits, but there is a lot of frustration with the cleanup. there are still months of debris everywhere. one thing in particular their concern about is because it is taking so long and the height of hurricane season is coming, they are worried it is going to destroy everything they have built and make it was. the steps areink congress can take to help it get done worker before a hurricane comes in. what do you see as the governor's role in helping to fix this? >> i spoke to mitch o'connell already -- mcconnell already. washington.s in how can we get that community development grant money out
sooner? how can we get the resources we need to rebuild sooner? some actions congress took in 2011, fema has funding. the program is stabilize. small business administration has dollars on the ground they are pushing out. so some of that is already there. law grants,ervices things like that, need further assistance. i think we can accomplish that in september. before the august 1 deadline. -- regulatory uncertainty, are you considering anything to try to change the rules to dispose of the debris? >> partly. the regulatory uncertainty came from a meeting with mayors and people from fema. are sayingne part one thing and folks on another part of fina are saying something different. exactly opposite.
uncertainty is one part of fema not telling the other part what to do. we asked the parish presidents and the mayors to e-mail my office with questions, we will give them to fema. fema will write down the policy and siege are exactly and send it back. regulation andnt law should be interpreted the same way every time. we are working on bringing that certainty to local leaders and the people they represent. >> are you saying you are trying to get some money attached to the resolution this month and do you have any sense as to how much is needed? >> i do not know about the administration although the president did come down and said
to support. if you look at the hurricanes that have hit in the past, cumulatively the damage was less than what has happened now. 84,000-85,000 homes today have been substantially damaged. damage. about 150 4000 individual claims for assistance. i imagine it will be proportionate to previous disasters. our governor office is getting those facts and we will be working closely with the governor to make sure we have the information in time. i spoke to leader mcconnell and explained the proportionality of that which is happened to us, tennessee, >> do you worry it will be difficult to get that kind of money appropriated from congress? after sandy, the republican house which you were a member of at the time, was reluctant, or
republicans in the house were reluctant to vote for some of the additional money sought by the eastern states. are you worried it is going to be a hard road? sen. cassidy: if we look at the recent flooding in south carolina, the house and the senate both provided the funds needed to rebuild south carolina. a very similar event to what we have now, inland flooding, lots of folks not required to have flood insurance but nonetheless flooded. congress and both houses make the decision to support the south carolinians. i think this is similar to that. i am confident there will be an understanding that louisiana needs the same consideration. >> you in particular have been faced criticism about the fact that you were one of those republicans that voted against supplemental funding for sandy victims. what is the difference?
sen. cassidy: that 17 billion that was clearly for sandy, i supported. the other portion which was unclear in the lead up was essential. one thing i have learned, the american people are compassionate people. we help our sisters and brothers and want to make sure there is an accountability so hard-earned tax dollars are spent appropriately. at the time it seemed like this was clearly indicated and i voted both for sandy relief but for accountability. i hope the package we put forward has both relief and accountability. >> i am curious to know, you looking at the senate race right now in the state you have david duke running and i know there are a lot of republicans in the state and nationally, frankly, who have been disconcerted to
say the least with his decision to jump in the race. what do you think about him being in the race? are you concerned this is going to further hurt the parties ability to win november? where do you stand? sen. cassidy: you cannot stop an american citizen from doing what he or she wishes to do, even a convicted felon like david duke. the other candidates condemned him. the louisiana gop is trying to make a rule that convicted felons do not have a right to run as republicans in the future. they are just making sure the attorneys are ok with it. one of the candidates, a retired air force officer put out a tweet, while i was wearing a uniform, david duke was wearing a sheet. he had a picture of david duke dressed up in his kkk outfit. i think there has been a disavowal. we cannot stop somebody from doing what they wish to do in this country as long as it does not harm another but on the
other hand, folks are trying to separate themselves as much as possible. >> you said donald trump has made this has time to be able to run for the senate and he feels like this is his moment as compared to 1992 when he ran for governor. are you concerned that that kind of language, and that there are a lot of white supremacist who have come out of the woodwork and are supporting trump and him, but have an effect on the party both locally and nationally into the future? sen. cassidy: if i can tell you, this is the longest conversation i have had about david duke since he announced his candidacy. in louisiana, it is a non-event. i cannot speak for others. clearly democrats want to make a lot out of hay of this but on the other hand where he is running for office, he is not invited to forums, he is not registering in the polls, and people do not talk about him.
i don't know what to say except this is the longest conversation i have had about him. from my perspective, it is a non-event. >> let's talk a little bit about what is going to be going on in washington over the next few weeks. you are returning on tuesday and a lot of your colleagues who are in cycle this year are eager to get back home. what do you see happening in september? you need to prevent a government shutdown. some people want to do zika money. do you see anything else happening? sen. cassidy: we have disasters across our country. i think there will be some sort of disaster funding package. zika has to be addressed. republicans voted on a package that would have funded zika. unfortunately, democrats opposed, for their own reasons. now it is coming to the continental united states and a more significant way. i'm hoping we can overcome our differences and pass that.
chris murphy from connecticut and i are working on a mental health bill, the mental health reform act of 2016. a significant piece of legislation and the companion piece has already passed the house. we are hoping to get a vote on that in september. i know there is another bill that would relate to nih money. we will have a busy september. >> do you see trying to connect the other disaster relief funding with zika to make it a global package? sen. cassidy: i could imagine that being the case. all of it involves money so i could see it being put into one package. obviously, we have not been there. i have been in my own state visiting folks and have not been speaking with leadership but i suspect that will be the case. >> maybe we could talk a little bit more about politics
nationally. clearly, this has been a highly unusual year. you were elected in a good year for republicans. as the system seems to yo-yo back and forth, how do you think that the republican party is doing? you seem to be in a bit of difficulty as for as holding onto the senate as well. sen. cassidy: it really depends. if you look at our governorship and legislature, republicans are incredibly strong. we had 24 republicans running for reelection. the odds are little against us in terms of the number of seats we have exposed. i think the message that we have is pretty good. the president's health care law, obamacare, has been very --
premiums are up, insurance companies are raising their premiums and yet losing money so obamacare continues to be a dead weight on our economy. immigration, clearly folks are concerned about it. they may not like mr. trump's approach that nor do they favor where the president has been. as bill maher has said of the democratic party, if you get across the river, you can stay. it really seems to boil down to some of the issues favor us. it may turn out that mr. trump is not the messenger but maybe he is. it really seems to boil down to mr. trump's personality not being what people like as opposed to some of the issues. i think where the issues are, the republicans are where many of the american people are. >> we are at the halfway point. >> if you look at former governor jindal, governor
brownback in kansas, he seems to -- there seems to have been a bit of a push back against some of the more strident conservative positions on spending and some things in states he would not have expected. i do not know that four or five years ago louisiana -- people would expect louisiana to have a democratic governor. does that concern you? do you think the message is bad or did they push too hard too fast? how do you chalk that up? sen. cassidy: you have to look at it issue by issue. certainly folks could look at john kasich and say there is a republican governor in a purple state who has done pretty well. in louisiana we had a confluence of events. oil prices fell so dramatically, from $100 per barrel to $30 per barrel. and a lot of the state revenue comes from that oil price. i am not saying that governor could not have made some different decisions, but when you have the way the situation is going and the bottom drops
out of your budget and from a secular factor, it would be tough for any governor. ultimately the governors answer to the people. if they make a good decision the parties vote them back. the fact that we still own the majority of the governorships in the nation show in general that the american people like the way their states are governed. i think the republican brand as always, you have got to work on it and make sure it remains current. but if we look at the government -- governorship, it is quite a following. >> hillary clinton is leading in the polls right now. you don't want to concede that she is necessarily going to win, but if she does, but if she does, what do you think washington would look like? how do you think a republican house and maybe a republican senate or democratic senate for
that matter would be able to cope? sen. cassidy: i think it is fair to say that the president sets the tone in washington and how the president behaves toward congress. certainly congress has a tone. but the president is the one person who sets the tone more than any other. congress certainly did not care for bill clinton. he made a decision to work with congress. he, newt gingrich and others made a lot of significant reforms, welfare reform was one. president reagan famously was good friends with tip o'neill. they made quite a lot of progress even though democrats were very hostile to the president in general. president obama has not made that outreach. it is not republicans saying this as much as democrats. john dingell once said president obama has the thinnest rolodex in washington, as a metaphor for people who he can call for advice or assistance.
if secretary clinton is elected president, i hope we find common ground as to how to progress as the nation. i will point out, two things she has recently announced i am personally taking a point on making happen. she has recently come out in favor of mental health reform. i mentioned the work i'm doing with chris murphy. she has asked for a revamp of how we respond to public health emergencies. the senator from hawaii and i have put forth a bill and marco rubio is cosponsoring that would redo how we respond to public health emergencies, taking the politics out of it. getting dollars where they are needed more rapidly. she has come up with such a position as well. there will be common ground. >> do you see speaker ryan and -- you know speaker ryan a little bit. do you see speaker ryan and hillary clinton sitting down and taking shots of whiskey and working out appropriations problems? do you think that is a possibility?
sen. cassidy: ryan is a great american. he is going to work with whomever he needs to work to make something happen. clearly there are politics in the house of representatives which might, as the speaker he represents. he is not a dictator. whoever the president is, we in -- whether mr. trump or mrs. clinton, we in congress will work with that president for the good of our country. where we disagree, whichever party it is, there will be a tension and we work out those tensions. i am not being rose-colored glasses, i am sure it is going to work out, but there have been previous presidents and congresses to have found the way to work together for the best interest of our country. >> while we are talking about presidents working with legislature, harry reid talk to the press and suggested if democrats regain the senate they should revisit this filibuster rule and limit its usage.
what would it be like to be a member of the minority in the senate and not have a filibuster rule? sen. cassidy: that would be a real tragedy. i say that as a guy in the majority. if you look at obama care which remains unpopular for many reasons. premiums rising 60% in a year. it was done on a strictly partisan basis, partyline vote. unlike any other piece of legislation, medicare, medicaid, civil rights, in which there was strong bipartisan support so the legacy has been positive and enduring. in the case of obamacare, it is crammed down, partyline vote and has never been accepted. it is a bad law frankly. it is unsustainable. there is wisdom on both sides of the aisle some of one side wants to say, we no longer wish to compromise. we are going to end up with laws that reflect one person's
partisan position but perhaps not what is best for the country as a whole. >> like your predecessor, you sit on the appropriations committee. leader mcconnell made a big push this year to try to get things on track. you have had relatively limited success on that. can you talk about that a little bit, and how do you see ultimately that process ironing itself out, either later this year or perhaps in the next administration? sen. cassidy: i am going to disagree with what i think your premise is. i would say that under leader mcconnell, republicans have gotten the senate back to regular order. among the things we have passed in the last two years, a repeal and replacement if you well, of no child left behind. the toxic substance control act redone after 40 years. a highway transportation bill. a comprehensive addiction
recovery act. on the cusp of passing a mental health bill. we repealed obamacare, although the president vetoed it. as well as passed the keystone xl pipeline. i have listed seven and i could list five more. in one sense, under a republican senate we have begun to accomplish things again. very positive. if you are speaking specifically of appropriations which you might be, that continues to be something that is part of a strategy. i think it is fair to say that minority leader reid understands that if he holds out until the end, and the president threatens to veto, that republicans are in a bind. if you want to be responsible and fund government, that is their point of leverage to get that which they want. mcconnell has put more time and started earlier than almost any recent senate in working on budget issues.
has still been unable to bring them to completion frankly because it has been blocked by mr. reid. but it takes two to tango. if one side decides not to do appropriations because their president will back them up. that is part of the legislative strategy. at any other area in part we can point to a tremendous track record in the past. >> do you anticipate short-term or long-term, do you think -- if they insist on a short-term, do you think republicans would go with that? where do you think you guys are with that? sen. cassidy: that is a bit more process. i personally would favor a longer-term. people are not investing now. businesses are so nervous about regulations and tax rate that they are not making the commitment for that investment which then creates jobs. our long-term capital investment is the lowest it has been in decades. we need that certainty. i would favor the longer-term
bill giving businesses a certainty. hopefully taking an economy that is growing at 1% to 2% for eight years and growing up to 3% to 4%. we need that growth. we are more likely to get growth with certainty. >> you're coming up on two years in the senate. you came from a far different body over from the house. you've had a chance to see how things run over there. what do you like about it? what do you dislike about it? what has surprised you? sen. cassidy: what surprised me, i always say to folks, when you say something stupid as a congressman, people say that a -- that is stupid. when you say something stupid as a senator, they say, yes, senator. [laughter] sen. cassidy: it is an incredible privilege to be in the senate. what i have attempted to do has been gratifying has been to
attempt to drive policy. i have mentioned the mental health reform bill. the zika public emergency fund. also worked on a replacement for obamacare. we call it the world's greatest health care plan, a serious plan. we have been able to work on something that would increase the funding louisiana would receive to rebuild our wetlands to avoid future disasters and create tens of thousands of jobs. the senate has given a real opportunity to push issues to the forefront that i think are good for our country. it has been a privilege to be there. it has been a great two years. i hope the next two to four will be just as productive. >> new orleans has problems with its police force and prosecutors office. it's part of a broader problem nationally with police forces in
terms of how they attract with communities and their resources. what role will congress play in addressing that? sen. cassidy: congress needs to support local law enforcement and national law enforcement. i come from the community where have we had the alton sterling shooting and three police officers shot down by a man from out of town. i said afterwards, i have never heard 1 corinthians 13, the love chapter, which is often read at weddings and instead read at memorial services and funerals. i think the story we have to say is that we cannot put the burden upon police to be both social workers and community outreach people and law enforcement. they do it all. but they cannot do it by themselves. ultimately the best support for the police will be us as communities to do that. we help the police as we reach to one another who might be a little different and somehow build a bridge that love heals
all things and forgives all things so that we as a community come together and we as a community support the police. congress can play a role. it is easy to give money sometimes. the hardest thing is for a community to come in and build the trust. without that, what congress does will not matter. i think the community answer is more important. >> that is it for our time. thank you for being with us on this labor day weekend. we will see you in washington next week. good wishes from all of us to your citizens as they recover from the flooding. sen. cassidy: thank you. >> let's start with the national election and help parse senator cassidy's words. and how we describe donald trump in people's reaction and how he described the potential of
working with hillary clinton. what did you hear? >> one of the first things i heard was that he was very comfortable in talking about the possibility of a clinton presidency. it is almost as though that is what he expects. if you look at the polls, that is what you would expect. >> does it surprise you for a sitting republican senator to be that candid? >> if i were a politician, but that would be the answer i would give. find common ground and all of that. we will see. there are a lot of people -- there has been a lot of coverage of the campaign but there has not been a lot of people talking about what would have if we continued this divided government, having a pendulum swinging between elections. he was very -- he was saying the right things.
he is clearly thinking more in terms of a statewide politician as opposed to someone who represents the conservative congressional district. the senate is a place where you have to compromise if you are going to get anything done. >> i think it is interesting that he acknowledges that trump may not be the messenger. i think that is a reality to have to deal with. it seems like he is not right now. but hearing the republicans say that does highlight how different of an election this is. even at romney's lowest points before the end of the election i don't know that you would have heard any senators say those sorts of thing. they would have to have pivotted back to that not happening and talk about what president romney would do.
republicans are starting to realize that may be a reality for them. >> they are back tuesday. both of you asked about the funding for zika and these climactic emergencies, what are the questions like with funding? what is the temperature going to be like on the funding question? >> he wants to press for emergency money for louisiana. just as louisiana got tens of billions of dollars with katrina 12 years ago as did new jersey and new york and connecticut with superstorm sandy four years ago. this flood has not gotten the kind of media attention that those two floods did. as he said, there is money in the federal emergency management agency. but i think it is going to be harder for him to get the additional money for these more flexible grants.
after we finished, i'm going to walk into leader mcconnell's press office and ask about that. that is the first i've heard that they may make a push for that this month. >> if they do sort of a disaster package, that may be the only way to get that done. the forest fires out west and to bring zika out of that and the hurricane coming to florida now and the floods, that could make it more possible because you can pull in a swatch of conservative members in the house and senate from his western states.
>> how do you think congressional committees that have fema oversight will react to the story he told? about conflicting guidelines. >> i do not think they would be surprised. talking to people on the ground in the louisiana, they think fema has done a much better job this time than they did during katrina. people still think there are problems, whether there is pickup of debris. i met a man who did not have a street address and he is having a hard time getting fema money. >> your question points out that one of the things that does not get -- there is a place for congressional oversight. such experiences, you know -- >> on that note, it thank you to both of you for being here on
labor day weekend. we appreciate your time and your questions. please come back. congress returns it today from a seven-week summer break to has until september 30 extend current spending to avoid a government shutdown. in the house at 2:00 p.m. weekrn, members start the working on a bill that would allow the library of congress to collect stories from gold star family start another bill would establish certain rights for vick um's of sexual assaults in federal cases. the senate returns at 3:00 p.m. with the agenda as well as zika fund discussions. c-span's washington journal,
live every day. news and policy issues that impact you. morning, thes senior senate staff writer for roll call and washington post reporter discussing the issues that face the house and senate as a return to work this week. and the senate correspondent for the national journal hotline will talk about the latest analysis and predictions about this false he senate races. she will also discuss how the clinton and donald trump candidacy could affect down ballot races in november. be sure to watch washington journal coming up at 7:00 a.m. eastern this morning. >> next, a discussion about islam and the west. author and journalist carla power talks about her book "if the oceans were ink." this is an hour and 10 minutes.
>> my microphone is on. an auspicious start. [laughter] evening and welcome to today's meeting of the commonwealth club of california. the place where you are in the know. commonwealth.org. i am your moderator for today's program. called "bridging islam and the west." i went to introduce carla power. carla willu who know know that she is a pulitzer prize finalist and she is a journalist in muslim society and
she is the author of "if the oceans were ink. " this is an account of her a muslimying with religious leader. muslimrs a look into the world as often ignored by our new speech yet and it explores the complexities of one of the world's most misunderstood regions. she is a former correspondent for newsweek. appeared in ae wide range of publications including new york times i do scene, and foreign policy. carla holds degrees from saint anthony's university, yale, and
columbia, and lives in oakland. we are extremely pleased she is joining us. please join me in welcoming carla power. [applause] i am really happy you are here. the book that i read over the last couple days is an extremely incredible look about her friendship with shaikh mohammed. if you don't mind setting the why you wrote the book, and a little bit about him. carla: i call him the shaikh. we were going to collate the "shaikh and i" but my publisher next it. -- nixed it. but i kind of wanted it to be